The Dallas Mavericks were dominated by the Phoenix Suns 121-114 in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series in a contest that was not as close as the score. Luka Doncic went off for 45 points, but the Suns dominated the mid-range on their way to a comfortable victory.
The Mavericks need to make adjustments in Game 2. It starts with playing better defense and finding ways for Jalen Brunson to get going. Dallas needs to slow down the Suns' high-powered offense and get Doncic some help if they want to pull the upset at the FootPrint Center on Wednesday night.
The Mavs do not want to go down 2-0, so expect them to bring the fight in Game 2. It will be a cannot miss contest, so here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more.
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns Game 2: How to watch
Start time: 9:00 p.m. CT or 10:00 p.m. ET
How to watch: TNT (national)
Watch online: TNT online
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns Game 2: Injury report
Both teams are incredibly healthy heading into Game 2. Tim Hardaway Jr. remains out for the Mavs as he recovers from foot surgery, and Dario Saric is out for Phoenix after tearing his ACL in the 2021 playoffs. They are the only two players on the NBA’s official injury report.
Fans were happy to see Luka Doncic and Maxi Kleber avoid the report after getting banged up in Game 1, but fans must stay tuned for any late-breaking news that becomes available.
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns Game 2 odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the Mavericks are 6.0-point underdogs for the second straight game. They sit at plus-200 on the moneyline, and the over/under for Wednesday’s contest is 216.0.
The Mavericks need Luka Doncic to score and rebound. WynnBet set the odds at minus-105 for Luka to score more than 33 points and minus-135 for him to have over 9.5 rebounds. Put those two bets together and fans can get it at plus-240 on a parlay. If Dallas is going to win, Doncic will need to produce massive numbers in Game 2.
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns Game 2 predictions
The Mavericks figure some things out in Game 2, but they lose a heartbreaker to the reigning Western Conference champions behind a Chris Paul game-winner. Expect Dallas to cover the spread as the game goes under 216. Dallas finds their defense and gets 17 points out of Jalen Brunson, but they fall just short.
Luka Doncic has a monster performance as he produces a second straight 40-point double-double on Wednesday night. The 23-year-old looks unstoppable right now, and the Suns were comfortable letting him score in Game 1 as long as they could slow down the rest of the Dallas attack. Expect them to keep the same strategy on May 4.
The Dallas Mavericks must play better and get back in this series in Game 2 against the Phoenix Suns. Can they do it? Be sure to tune in and find out.